Oedi 30 Multi-genre Project

Nelson English II


For this end of the unit project, you must complete projects whose combined value totals 30 points. The final grade you earn out of a possible 30 points will be determined by neatness, creativity, requirements met and accuracy. Each assignment has been given a point value, and you must choose and complete projects that total 30 points.

All writing assignments MUST BE typed and double spaced in Times New Roman, size 12 font.

When is this due?

At the beginning of the period on February 3, you will turn in your assignments, containing items totaling 30 points.


Aristotle on Tragedy:

Read the essay on Greek philosopher Aristotle’s requirements for tragedy. Answer the questions posed at the end in 150 words or more.

CD Cover:

Create a CD cover including artwork and a listing of the artists and songs that would be appropriate for a movie soundtrack for Oedipus. Create the art work for the front and back “squares” of your cover. Include the name of the movie and the title of the CD. Then, on another inside “square,” include your list of song artists and titles. CDs generally have between 10-13 songs. Pick songs that reflect the main ideas, concepts, or themes of the play. Finally, on the other inside “square” include the lyrics to one song. See a real CD or album for a model of how yours might look.

Free Verse Poem:

Write a 10-15 line free-verse poem based on a character or event within the context of the play. It should be original and applicable to the play and/or its characters.

Jocasta’s Journal:

Write a series of three journal or diary entries as if you were Jocasta. The entries should reflect the character’s feelings about the events that take place and the news she receives throughout the play. The entries should be written in Jocasta’s voice. Each entry should be a minimum of 100 words in length.

Jocasta’s Obituary:

Write an obituary as it would appear in Thebe’s daily newspaper, The Theban Times, for Jocasta. The obituary must be a minimum of 200 words. Visit http://www.ehow.com/how_3456_write-obituary.html for more tips and information.

Jocasta’s Suicide Note:

Pretend you are Jocasta and write a suicide note to Oedipus. What would she say to him in her final hour? The suicide note must be a minimum of 200 words.

Movie Poster:

Create an 8X10 or larger movie/coming attractions poster as if this play is being turned into a major motion picture. The movie poster must include the movie title, the leading actors/actresses and a short slogan or blurb about the action and/or theme of the movie. The poster must be both colorful and creative.

Personal Stress Narrative:

Oedipus’s world fell apart during the course of the play. Write a personal narrative describing a situation in which you felt that your world as you knew it was falling apart. Focus on the physical and emotional reactions you had to the fear/stress. Write a 200-word response.

Question of Character—HOPE:

Read the prompt and answer questions about Oedipus’s character and one of his tragic flaws.

Question of Character—HONESTY:

Read the prompt and answer questions about Oedipus’s character and one of his tragic flaws.

Question of Character—INTELLIGENCE:

Read the prompt and answer questions about Oedipus’s character and one of his tragic flaws.

Question of Character—RAGE:

Read the prompt and answer questions about Oedipus’s character and one of his tragic flaws.

Theme Paragraph:

Write a paragraph for one of the following themes (a-e) and demonstrate how they are developed within the play, using examples from the drama as evidence. Be sure to have a clear topic sentence, supporting sentences with evidence from the play as support, and a conclusion sentence or sentences that analyze and/or summarize the paragraph’s overall message.

a. Excessive pride results in an inability to see truth and an inability to respect the rights of others; man must realize his imperfect nature and the power of the divine.

b. Humans are unable to predict their future or control their fate.

c. Eventually, people do pay for their sins.

d. People are searching for truth; they are capable of dignity, and they are, at times, willing to sacrifice.

e. People can gain wisdom from the suffering that is unavoidable in life.

Wanted Poster:

Create a hand-drawn wanted poster for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons who killed King Laius. Depict a character or characters wanted by some ancient Greek authority. This poster must fit on an 8 ½” x 11” piece of paper. Make sure you use the space on your poster effectively. Capture the viewer’s attention by your use of details. Keep the design simple yet inclusive of all necessary information. You should include the reason the character is wanted, the reward for his/her capture, and a detailed description of the wanted person.

Writer’s Style:

In the play, Sophocles uses figurative language—similes and metaphors in particular.

1. Define each term and identify three examples of each.

2. Explain what two things are being compared in each of example.

3. Cite the page number on which you found each example.


Write an Alternative Ending:

What are some other ways that the play might have ended? Draft an alternative ending to the play. Be sure to type your alternative ending in playwright format, including stage directions and dialogue. Your ending must be one and a half pages, double-spaced and typed.

Write a letter from Antigone and/or Ismene to Oedipus:

As Antigone or Ismene in 10 years, write a letter to your father, who is exiled on Mt. Cithaeron. Explain your views on how you feel about your situation in life, your relationship with Creon, and what you learned from your father’s mistakes. Response must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.

Choices Essay:

Write an essay describing Oedipus’s personal choices, their effects and alternatives he could have chosen. Then, recall a personal choice in your own life, and explain that choice’s effect and an alternative you could have chosen. Click here for detailed instructions.

Comic Strip:

Create a series of sketches that tell a humorous detailing of the events in the life of Oedipus. Superman, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear, and Captain Underpants are all superheroes. Think about the characteristics comic book heroes have: large muscles, super powers, good looks, etc. You will create a cartoon strip, based on the play, keeping these ideas in mind. Draw five separate scenes. You must be able to tell what is going on in the scene from the pictures and characters’ dialogue. Make it look like a real cartoon strip. Use all the space and color in the background. Be creative and have fun with it.


Write an editorial (opinion column printed in Thebes’ newspaper, The Theban Times) regarding fate versus free will, urging the ancient Greek community to side with your personal opinion on the subject. Be sure to include actual events from the play in your editorial. Letter must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.


As a member of the Theban community, write a Letter to the Editor to the editor of Thebes’ newspaper, The Theban Times, regarding your opinion on the exiling of Oedipus to Mt. Cithaeron. Be sure to include actual events and facts from the play in your letter. Letter must be one full page, double-spaced and typed.

Five Senses Poem:

Write an original five-senses poem that is applicable to one of the characters in the play. A five-senses poem deals with an emotion (ex: fear, anger, jealousy, love, apprehension) and focuses on the five senses. Your poem should portray the overall feeling or emotion evoked by the short story. It should be typed, appropriate, and three stanzas long (six lines each, total of 18 lines).

Interview Tieresias:

Role-play a journalist interviewing Tieresias about the devastating events that happened to the royal court in Thebes. In the interview, be faithful to Tieresias’s perspective on the events and try to imitate his point of view. Type up your questions and his answers (minimum of 10 questions).

Oedipus Illustrated:

Create an 5-page book in which you draw illustrations for a minimum of 5 important and/or powerful scenes depicted in the play. Write a 2-sentence explanation (include the who, what, where, when, why and how of each scene) for each page of your illustrated book; be sure to use color.

Tabloid Article:

Write a tabloid aricle, like one the National Inquirer would print, in which you detail the events that happen to King Oedipus and Queen Jocasta. You must include quotes from people supposedly involved in the scandal. Article must be one full page, double-spaced and typed. Click here for instructions.